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  # 669661 8-Aug-2012 15:47
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We must be talking about different devices, this is an impact driver as I've always known them:

You may be talking about a hammer drill, or possibly an air-impact wrench, either of which would be more suitable to the task at hand than a regular drill and certainly more so than an impact driver.

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  # 669693 8-Aug-2012 16:23
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So there's essentially at least 3 tools with more or less the same name that perform similar functions.

I never knew there was such a thing as a powered impact driver, the more you know...

The good Bosch drill I use has a pretty good impact\hammer mode (not uncommon for cordless drills at all), does a good job when you change the torque setting accordingly. Marvellous for getting stubborn screws out of things, bit hairy using it with posidrives though.

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  # 669697 8-Aug-2012 16:31
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With older houses, plasterboard is nailed with clouts, so doesn't have this problem. So maybe use clouts instead for very hard timber. I know that the manufacturer now recommends screwing, but that is really only good with soft pine. We've had nailed plasterboard on our walls for over 60 years, and there are now signs of popped clouts, and the finish is good.

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  # 669718 8-Aug-2012 16:46
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stevenz: We must be talking about different devices, this is an impact driver as I've always known them:

Me also, which is why I suggested it would sheer the screw.
Apologies for that.

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